An Ocean Apart
An Ocean Apart
This chapter looks at the lives of Yone Noguchi and Charles Warren Stoddard before they met in 1897, focusing on the differences and similarities they brought to their relationship. Noguchi and Stoddard hailed from very different backgrounds and had an age gap of thirty-two years. Noguchi's eagerness to write in English would lead him to America and later to writer Joaquin Miller's home in Oakland, where he was initiated into San Francisco's Bohemian Club and met various artists and writers who drew inspiration from him. One of these writers was Stoddard, who was drawn not only to Japan but also to the Pacific Islands. By 1900 Stoddard had established himself as an expert on the “South Seas,” having published essays and books on his travels through various islands. While Noguchi blazed his own trail to forge interactions with Western poets and writers, Stoddard directed his attention across the Pacific. This chapter shows how Noguchi and Stoddard's common love of poetry sparked their immediate affection for one another.
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